Should I save my baby's cord blood? My doctor really seems to be pushing it this time around (we didn't do it 2.5 years ago for our first child).
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Merry - posted on 09/03/2011
I'd never do that, that blood belongs to your baby!
It's not 'extra' blood it is the baby's blood. And when you clamp the cord immediately after birth your baby looses a decent percentage of their blood!
When the baby is born leave his or her cord intact until it stops giving the baby back it's own blood. It's not spare blood. It's very important to the baby and if it gets those wonderful stem cells right away at birth it's less likely to get those cancers in the future anyways!
Don't take it's blood and save it for when it gets sick, let it keep it's blood in the first place so it never gets sick in the first place.
Idk how it's even legal to take it from the baby. it's the baby's blood, not the mothers.
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Minnie - posted on 09/03/2011
I agree- it's not extra! Delayed cord clamping ensures baby receives the optimal amount of blood- this prevents iron deficiency anemia.
Babies who lose that blood through early cord clamping (or in this case, blood banking) come away with LESS than the optimal blood supply.
Merry - posted on 09/03/2011
It's not 'cord blood' it's the baby's blood, and it circulates though the cord to feed the baby. It goes in and out of the cord as needed, it's just whatever happens to be in the cord at the time of birth we call 'cord blood' but just minutes before that same blood is inside your baby's heart and in a few minutes from birth the cord pushes the blood into the baby so it has it's full amount of blood.
Amanda - posted on 09/03/2011
I did with both my kids - we had the money, and I couldn't bear the thought of needing it and not having it. There's a good chance of it being useful for other family members who may need it too!
That said, be aware that it's a procedure that needs to take place immediately after birth - and can be a huge inconvenience when you're already dead tired.
Don't let anyone pressure you - do your own research and make your own decision based on your circumstances.
ps.ther are going to be alot of things you did for one child and not the other,doesnt neccisarily mean you love the one more.i saved more stuuf with my first and have more pics,but ive learned from my mistakes with the first so probaly care better for him then i did at certian stages with my daughter.
This is definitly a personal decision. The good thing about storing your second child's cord blood is that it should be compatible with the first child. Stem Cells are amazing and having the security in knowing that they will be there is priceless.
I donated my daughter's cord blood instead of banking it... it was free and could help save someone's life. She also gets bumped to the front of the list if she ever needs a transplant because I donated it. If you choose not to bank it, I would definitely look into donating!
Melody - posted on 11/25/2008
I would say that's completely up to you. It is important to do your research first. It is very costly, but the cost is worth it for some people just for the peace of mind. I work in L&D and rarely see people banking cord blood. I assume that cost is the biggest factor for most people. There is definitely more research that needs to go into this area to make cord blood banking a sell for everyone. I thought about it with my children but opted not too.
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